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Table 3 Factors significant and independently associated with the overall continuity score: multilevel modeling

From: Predictors of relational continuity in primary care: patient, provider and practice factors

  % Change in continuity score
  (multilevel regression coefficient: effect size)
  Model A: patient and provider factors Model B: patient, provider and practice factors
  ES ES/SD 1 ES ES/SD
 Variance explained (R2) 0.11   0.13  
N in model 5295   5295  
 Model dummy variables     
CHC −2.6 S NS  
FFS −1.4 S NS  
FHN −2.4 M NS  
HSO (ref) Base   Base  
 Patient characteristics     
Age 0.055 S 0.052 S
Patient had paid work in the past 12 months (Full) −1.97 S −2.15 S
Practice patient < 2 years (1 if yes) −2.97 S −2.96 S
No regular provider −1.45 S −13.48 S
# of days having mental problems −0.091 S −0.089 S
# of chronic diseases 0.7108 S 0.7 S
Education binary (1 for high school or more) −2.21 S −2.06 S
Rurality index    −0.028 S
Provider profile     
Years since graduation 0.086 S 0.067 S
Practice profile     
Number of MDs NS   −0.33 S
Total # of nurses (RPN,RN,NA)2 NS   −0.64 M
≤ 24 hours on-call/week NS   −2.03 M
Practice open on weekends NS   −2.39 M
  1. 1ES/SD: Effect Size / Standard deviation; S if ES/SD < 0.2; M if 0.2 < =ES/SD < 0.5; L if 0.5 < =ES/SD < 0.8; VL if ES/SD > =0.8; NS = Not Significant.
  2. 2 RPN registered practical nurse, RN registered nurse, NA nurse assistant.